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[casi] Nermin talks reality

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 God speed, Nermin.  

OCTOBER 27, 2003
11:04 AM
 CONTACT:  Fellowship of Reconciliation 
The Rev. Patricia Ackerman 917-488-9929 or 845-358-4601 X39
Stephen Kent 845-758-0097 or 914-589-5988
Iraqi Women Kick Off US Tour
NEW YORK - October 27 - Two prominent Iraqi women from Baghdad will kick off
a tour of the United States with a reception and presentation, "Contemporary
Life & Art in the Cradle of Civilization" at the National Arts Club in
Manhattan, 15 Gramercy Park South, Monday October 27, 8-10pm. Amal
Al-Khedairy, curator & founder of Al Beit Al Iraqi Cultural Arts Center,
Baghdad -- a leading cultural institution in Baghdad bombed in 2003; and
internationally recognized Iraqi writer & journalist Nermin Al-Mufti, will
be introduced and speak at the event. They are highly articulate in English,
entirely informed about current realities in Iraq and will be available for
interviews. New York-based journalists are invited to attend.
Al-Khedairy and Al-Mufti are two prominent Iraqi women who lived, worked and
raised children through the upheavals of The first Gulf War, sanctions, and
the current occupation. They have been on the front lines calling attention
to desperately urgent humanitarian issues in Iraq, especially those
affecting women and children, and in advocating a strong voice and role for
Iraqi women in Iraq's reconstruction.
They will tour the United States along with long time friend Barbara
Nimri-Aziz, Ph.d, author, journalist and social scientist based in the US
who has covered Iraq for the BBC, Canadian Broadcasting and Pacifica Radio.
Their US tour is organized by the Fellowship of Reconciliation with many
supporters and over 30 collaborating institutions, universities, local
communities, and arts organizations around the US. For details, see
( Their itinerary will take them to venues in the New
York/New Jersey area including the United Nations, to Washington, DC where
they will lobby Congress for a stronger response to the plight of women and
children in postwar Iraq.
>From there, they plan to continue to Pennsylvania, San Francisco, Los
Angeles, Seattle, Madison, Chicago, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Connecticut,
Toronto, and other stops before returning to NYC and then Iraq.
Their agenda includes introducing Americans to the rich and ancient culture
of Iraq as well as raising public and media awareness of the actual
situation on the ground in Iraq. They will be soliciting greater focus and
involvement from US government officials, NGOs, American citizens and
American women leaders in the public and private sector.

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